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Success! Alvin from Tanzania raised $935 to fund clubfoot repair surgery so that he can walk.

Alvin
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  • $935 raised, $0 to go
$935
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$0
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Fully funded
Alvin's treatment was fully funded on October 28, 2022.

Photo of Alvin post-operation

November 11, 2022

Alvin underwent clubfoot treatment so that he can walk as he grows.

Alvin has started manipulation and casting to help correct both his feet from clubfoot. He is currently on his second cast and scheduled to have his third cast change. He will continue with casting and have one final surgery to complete his treatment. Thanks to this treatment, as Alvin grows he will have a full shot to live a big life in the future.

Alvin’s mother says, “Thank you very much for your kind heart. May God continue blessing you all.”

Alvin has started manipulation and casting to help correct both his feet from clubfoot. He is currently on his second cast and scheduled to ...

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September 1, 2022

Alvin is a beautiful 10-month-old baby from Tanzania. He is his single mother’s only child. Since his mother is still young, she depends on her parents to provide for her and her son.

Alvin was born with clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape, causing him difficulty standing, walking, and even wearing shoes. His mother was unable to seek treatment for her son immediately due to financial challenges. She shares that she felt so ashamed of her son’s condition that she kept it a secret, covering Alvin’s legs to keep people from seeing them. However, a neighbor saw his feet once, and she advised his mother to seek treatment for him because she knew his condition was treatable.

Fortunately, his mother eventually traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on September 2nd. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Alvin’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to stand and to walk without difficulty.

Alvin’s mother says, “The shame I had for my son’s disability is what kept me from seeking help. I hope he gets the necessary treatment.”

Alvin is a beautiful 10-month-old baby from Tanzania. He is his single mother's only child. Since his mother is still young, she depends on ...

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Alvin's Timeline

  • September 1, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Alvin was submitted by SAFE Program Admin, SAFE Program Admin at African Mission Healthcare.

  • September 2, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Alvin received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) in Tanzania. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • September 2, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Alvin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 28, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Alvin's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 11, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Alvin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $935 for Alvin's treatment
Hospital Fees
$693
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$8
Supplies
$175
Labs
$14
Other
$45
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

The foot is turned inward, often severely, at the ankle, and the arch of the foot is very high. Patients experience discomfort, and the affected leg may be shorter and smaller than the other.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

These children have a difficult time walking and running. Years of trying to walk on a clubfoot will cause wounds and other skeletal problems, such as arthritis. Patients will have difficulty fitting in shoes and participating in normal play, school, and daily activities. Many Africans make their livings through manual labor, which can be difficult with an untreated clubfoot.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Incidence is 1/1,000 live births, or about 1,600 cases in Tanzania annually. This is roughly similar to rates in Western countries, though many cases may be missed. There is no known reason for its occurrence in this region.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Patients will undergo a series of small operations, casting, and manipulations during their course of treatment. Patients will stay in the Plaster House, a rehabilitation center for children in Tanzania, for as long as their recovery takes.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

The bones and joint will become aligned, and long-term disability will be prevented.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Clubfoot is very treatable. The surgery is minor and not risky.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Care is not easily accessible. Most patients live in remote, rural areas and are identified through mobile outreach. The pediatric surgical program at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre was started to meet the large burden of pediatric disability in the region.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternatives. If not treated, the condition will persist and will result in disability.

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